Last week I finally managed to get to the NYU Art Gallery to visit their latest exhibition the only constant, which is about to end next month. It features nine artists.
The show is inspired by Al Sawaber, by Tarek Al-Ghouseein; which is a series of photographs of an enormous apartment complex in Kuwait, taken before its demolition. This complex, Al Sawaber, used to be a vision of utopia, but later became abandoned and deteriorated. Through the photo series, you can see this theme of utopia arrive and depart - change is the only constant.
City Fifth Investigation, by Vivek Vilasini:
This is a collection of 31 rice papers, one more for each day of a month, showing how the effects of air pollution.
So the artists in this exhibition explore the contrast between natural landscapes and the human imprint. A fitting theme just before we are about to host the COP28 here in Abu Dhabi.
The focus throughout the exhibition is on the moment when humans change the landscape, but also on how landscape changes humans.
A video projection by Patty Chang, called Invocation for a Wandering Lake
The Dyson Sphere
, by Haroon Mirza:
Food for thought here, for sure.